The Momenta Quartet joins with friends for a fascinating evening of games, visions, and sublimities. From Teheran comes Idin Samimi Mofakham’s transcendent Mirage, a slowly unfolding apparition for percussion and trio, while Eric Nathan’s vision for the quartet is heard in the compelling Four to One. Impossibilities are ever-present in Michalis Paraskakis’s Not Yet II, in which a clarinet’s subtle microtonal bendings, blendings, and bleatings challenge the quartet. Oboe and percussion join the fray for Daniel Moreira’s Das Nein-Doch Spiel: a persuasive take on the unwinnable children’s game of yes and no. While Guy Barash’s ambitious String Quartet poses its own challenges. The evening closes with a new work from MATA’s own Alex Weiser.
Michalis Paraskakis (Greece): Not Yet II (2012-14), WP
Daniel Moreira (Brazil): Das Nein-Doch Spiel (2011, rev. 2012), AP
Guy Barash (Israel / USA): String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean” (2012)
Alex Weiser (USA): New Work for Clarinet and String Quartet (2015), WP
Eric Nathan (USA): Four To One (2011)
Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran): Mirage (2012)